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There are few things that GTO enjoys more than a good rant. Check out this post from Mike the Mad Biologist arguing that the human microbiome initiative "is being driven by the wrong group of scientists." He says the project should be directed by biologists with a medical bent, rather than being led by the major genome centers. Mike adds that a number of concerns -- complexity of the chosen system, lack of reference genomes, and more -- mean that the microbiome initiative is at risk of winding up with insufficient, fragmentary data.


The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.